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Here Are The Highlights Of Malta International Airshow 2017

Once again, the traditional airshow brought several interesting visitors to Malta.

On Sept. 23 and 24, Malta hosted the yearly airshow over Smart City that gathered many interesting aircraft, including some exotic attendeeds, rarely seen at airshows around Europe.

Among them, one of the three Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornets of the 433 Squadron deployed to Solenzara airbase, Corse, to take part in Serpentex 2017 exercise alongside the RAF Tornado GR4s of the IX(B) Sqn deployed to Decimomannu, Sardinia (two of those took part in the static display at Malta Luqa airport).

Other interesting visitors were the “Turkish Stars” and accompanying A400M, the RAF Hawk T2, the “Saudi Hawks”, the German Navy P-3 and the Alpha Jet Solo Display.

In this post you can find some of the most interesting aircraft that took part in the airshow, photographed by aviation photographer Estelle Calleja.

A Turkish Air Force A400 supported the deployment to Malta of the NF-5 of the Turkish Stars display team.

The AlphaJet Solo Display was one of the highlights of the show. The French Air Force brought back the Alpha Jet Solo Display, it shut down in 2012.

The AW.139 helicopter and the King Air B200 of the Armed Forces of Malta Air Wing.

The Leonardo AW.139 of the Guardia di Finanza (Custom Police) was the only Italian participant this year.

The Royal Canadian Air Force took part in the airshow with one CF-188 Hornet of the 433 Squadron deployed to Solenzara for the Serpentex 2017 exercise.

One of the two RAF British Aerospace Hawk T2 ZK022 of 4(R)Sqn based at Valley.

A P-3C Cup Orion of the Marineflieger about to land in Malta Luqa airport.

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon from VP-16 took part in the airshow. The aircraft is deployed to Sigonella airbase, Sicily, Italy, from where it conducts missions over the Black Sea and off Syria.

The Hawk Mk65 of the Saudi Hawks, the aerobatic team of the Royal Saudi Air Force.

A Tornado GR4 from IX Sqn. The unit was temporarily deployed to Decimomannu, Italy, to take part in Serpentex 2017.

One of the NF-5A Freedom Fighters of the Turkish Air Force aerobatic team “Turkish Stars”.

 

Image credit: Estelle Calleja

All the highlights of Malta International Airshow 2016

Here are the most interesting aircraft that took part in Malta International Airshow. Ukrainian Flankers aside…

As already reported, two Ukrainian Air Force Flankers, a Su-27 and a Su-27UB (58 BLUE and 71 BLUE), supported by an Il-76 Candid, were the most interesting guests of this year’s edition of the Malta International Airshow.

However, other interesting aircraft took part in the yearly airshow.

Among these, the aircraft of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM), such as AgustaWestland AW.139 helicopter, the Alouette III and the King Air B200 of the Armed Forces of Malta Air Wing.

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In particular, AS1630, the third AW.139 helicopter of the AFM (the others being AS1428 and AS1429), that was delivered from AgustaWestland on Sept. 22, and flew from Vergiate, Italy, to Malta, via Frosinone, Italy.

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Other interesting aircraft were two U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon (Maritime Patrol Aircraft), one of those took part in the flying display over Smart City on Sept. 24. The P-8s have been deployed to Sigonella airbase, Sicily, Italy, from where they have conducted missions over the Black Sea and off Syria for the last weeks.

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Other attendees included a French Navy Falcon 50, a Polish Navy M-28, a Portuguese Air Force C-295 MPA and the Polish Air Force Team Iskry.

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Image credit: Estelle Calleja

 

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Exotic planes, Special Colors and Display Teams at the Malta International Air Show 2014

The yearly Malta International Airshow at Luqa airport, once again proved to be one of the most interesting events in southern Europe.

Held at Malta International Airport in the weekend of Sept. 27-28, the traditional Malta International Airshow featured some really interesting visitors.

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Among the highlights of this year’s edition, the K-8E jet and C-130H Hercules cargo plane of the Egyptian Air Force, the German Navy P-3C, the AW139 of the Italian Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard), the BN2 and Alouette helicopter of the Armed Forces of Malta and the G550 AEW aircraft of the Israeli Air Force.

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Noteworthy, during the Sunday’s Finale, the Red Arrows display team made a flypast escorting an Air Malta A320.

Photographer and The Aviationist’s contributor Estelle Calleja took the following interesting pictures of the airshow.

Image credit: Estelle Calleja

 

Malta International Airshow 2013 highlights

Held on the Sept. 29 – 30 weekend, the yearly Malta International Airshow at Luqa airport, featured once again some interesting attendees.

Among the highlights of the 2013 edition, the C-130J-30 Super Hercules of the Qatari Emiri Air Force that had taken part to last year’s airshow as well, the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 and Tornado GR4, and the German Navy special colored P-3C.

Noteworthy, during the Sunday’s Finale, the Red Arrows display team made a flypast with the white and red smokes as a special salute to the Maltese people.

Estelle Calleja took the following interesting pictures of the airshow.

Image credit: Estelle Calleja

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Malta International Airshow 2012 Highlights

Once again, the yearly Malta International Airshow, held on the Sept. 29 – 30 weekend, featured some of the most interesting and rare aircraft of the airshow season.

Among the highlights of the 2012 edition, held in the Sept. 29 – 30 weekend, the C-130J-30 Super Hercules of the Qatari Emiri Air Force and the CH-47 Chinook of the Free Libya Air Force.

Sunday Show’s Gran Finale saw a newly painted Air Malta Airbus A320 flying in formation with the Old Flying Machine Company Spitfire to Commemorate the 70 years of the George Cross.

The Red Arrows had to take part to the airshow but experienced technical difficulties on their way to Malta on Sept. 28 and had to divert to Decimomannu airbase, in Sardinia. Even the Free Libya Air Force Mirage F1 cancelled its “return journey” to Luqa.

Roderick Agius took the following interesting pictures of the airshow.

Image credit: Roderick Agius